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New Jersey Historical Commission

The Hon. Tahesha Way, Secretary of State




New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery

Image collage: Peter Lee who may have been illegally enslaved as a young man by the Stevens Family in Hoboken, NJ and Lockey White’s 1860 census entry indicating that she was a “slave for life.”

Juneteenth 2021
New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery

“This year forty-seven states including New Jersey will observe Juneteenth (also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day) as a state holiday—a holiday that commemorates when enslaved Blacks in Galveston, Texas learned that they were, in fact, freed by President Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation two and half years earlier. The date was June 19, 1865.” Learn more about Juneteenth and its legacy in New Jersey in this new piece by Noelle Lorraine Williams, Director of the African American History Program at the NJ Historical Commission.

Continue the conversation with us on Wednesday, June 16, 2021, at 6 p.m. EST during “New Jersey, The Last Northern State to End Slavery,” a panel discussion exploring the people, laws and economic leaders that kept African Americans enslaved in New Jersey until 1865. This Juneteenth program is the kickoff of the NJ Historical Commission’s virtual series “Black Is: African American History and Sites in New Jersey.” Register at today.

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Notice of Public Meeting

The New Jersey Historical Commission will hold its next public meeting on Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.

Below please find the Zoom information:
Meeting ID: 910 3330 6637
Passcode: 873661

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Meeting Agenda 06-17-21

This notice is made pursuant to the Open Public Meeting Act (Chapter 231, P.L. 1975).


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